KNCHR Begins Probe Into Monday Demos

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Azimio One Kenya Coalition Party leader leading Monday Demonstrations/photo courtesy

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) chairperson Roseline Odede is calling for an immediate investigation into the Monday demonstrations where a battle between the police and protesters led to arrests and property destruction.

The chairperson in a statement Monday said the commission is looking into reports of the Monday event which she says if proven, would bring the perpetrators to book.

“If proven, it would be very unfortunate and the same can be prosecuted under the command responsibility principle,” said part of the statement. 

Odede further revealed that they will be in liaison with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) in a bid to verify the allegations.

The human rights boss also appealed to the Inspector General of Police to look into the matter further urging him to restrain from using live bullets against protestors.

She reiterates the need for the Kenya Police Service officers to adhere to the checklist on public order management during protests and assemblies.

“The standards are very clear and must therefore be followed to the spirit and letter as enshrined in the Kenya Constitution and Police Service Standing Orders. Police officers should be able to isolate and arrest violent protesters who are in breach of peace and at the same time protect those who are innocent during the demonstrations.”

Demonstrators have also been warned against taking advantage of the protests to destroy property, harm others.

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